Water Levels on Lake Minnetonka Keep 'No-Wake' Restrictions in Place

Updated: 06/13/2014 12:47 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 12:31 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Lake Minnetonka will continue to enforce its emergency "no-wake" ordinance over the weekend.

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District measured the lake Friday and found it was still above the maximum water level of 930.30 feet above sea level. Friday's reading of 930.53 was down about 1.5 inches from the June 5 reading of 930.65, when the no-wake restriction originally went into effect.

The high water levels have been causing problems other than interrupting boating plans.

Carp could be seen swimming and spawning in a flooded field in front of a home in Minnetristra. Garrett Anderson of Mound says he has lived in the area his whole life and has never seen anything like it.

Additionally, water has been flowing over Gray's Bay Dam in Minnetonka and over the spillway to the north and into Minnehaha Creek.

The dam was built in 1979 to replace a fixed weir, or short barrier. According to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the volume of water flowing over the dam and spillway is about the same amount as if the dam hadn't been constructed at all.

With rain expected over the weekend, the district estimates the water levels will be high for some time. The district engineer says even if there are normal weather conditions for the rest of the season, the lake still won't reach its normal water level of 929.40 feet above sea level until early to mid-July.

In order for the no-wake ordinance to be lifted, the water must be at or below 930.30 feet above sea level for three consecutive days.

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